February 20, 2011

RICK ROBERTS ON THE WORK OF THE YELM TREE ADVISORY BOARD

Rick Roberts, Chair of the Yelm Tree Advisory Board penned this beauftuful Letter to the Editor of the Nisqually Valley News on Valentine’s Day:

“Yelm is now a 15-year-old tree city USA. The urban forestry program is made more successful by people who come forward and support the program through their generous contributions.

People like you, by honoring the ones you love, will plant a tree in Yelm on their behalf. What a beautiful Valentines Day present to them and Yelm.

We are the pride of the Pride of the Prairie and the grace of the urban forest.

You can call City Hall at 360-458-3835 to find out how to participate in the adopt-a-tree and memorial tree program and give the gift of a living Valentine.

Martin Luther once said, Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to piece, I should still plant my apple tree! This year, Arbor Day will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 29 at Yelm City Park. Please join us.

One of the guidelines to be a tree city USA is to have a tree board consisting of concerned volunteer citizens charged by ordinance with developing and administering a comprehensive tree management program. Yelm citizens can add fresh ideas and different perspectives so as to enhance the beauty of our city. Why? Because we are the Tornados!

We are the spirit and consciousness that can embrace this community and all of Earth. To paraphrase John Kennedy and Al Gore, In the time of inconvenient truths, it is time not to ask, what can my home/Earth do for me, but what can I do for my planet?

Bob and Kathy Wolf did that in 1996, along with John Thompson, by getting an ordinance for the protection of trees and vegetation. So join in and emulate Sterling Mortons vision, who in 1872 pioneered the first Arbor Day. We are the Evergreen State, the Pride of the Prairie, and the grace of the urban forest. We are the Tornados ready to plant and nurture one million trees.”

Reprinted here with permission of the author.


February 19, 2011

ACCLAIMED MOVIE “GHETTO PHYSICS” COMES TO YELM FOR EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT

From JZ Knight’s website, used with permission:

Will Arntz’s celebrated movie
“GHETTO PHYSICS: Will the Real Pimps and Ho’s Please Stand Up!”
is coming to Yelm Cinemas for a week’s showing Friday, February 25 through Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30pm nightly.
There will be a brief Filmmaker Q & A with Will Arntz,
February 25 & 26 following the show.

“Heralded as “a radically ingenious, in-your-face documentary bursting with insights” by Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer, GHETTOPHYSICS takes an eye-opening look at the power relationships that permeate American society from the toughest street corners to Wall Street, from classrooms to boardrooms. The film utilizes documentary footage, animation, satire and dramatization to illustrate examples culled from the real world be the players real-life pimps or corporate executives — repeating the same power dynamics that have persisted for centuries.

The film includes interviews with notable entertainers and thinkers, such as Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, John Perkins, former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, William H. Arntz (Co-Director) and Norman Lear,” quoting the Olympia Film Society.

CLICK HERE for the trailer.

Go to Yelm Cinemas website for tickets.

CLICK HERE for the movie’s website.

Mr. Arntz is the acclaimed creator of the 2004 sleeper hit “What the Bleep Do We Know!?”, which garnered several independent film awards prior to being distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and eventually grossing over $10 million. The film went on to become one of the most successful documentaries of all time & is now distributed in over 30 countries.

He also created the 2006 sequel “What the BLEEP Down the Rabbit Hole”.

Betsy Chasse, Producer, Director, Screenwriter of “The Bleep & listed in Varietys top 50 Independent Producers of 2004, is also the distributor of Ghetto Physics.

“What the Bleep Do We Know!?” was filmed in Yelm & vicinity and debuted in Washington at Yelm Cinemas.


February 18, 2011

COMMENTATOR TO NEWSPAPER PUTS YELM ISSUES IN PERSPECTIVE

A Nisqually Valley News [NVN] online reader wrote a very pertinent response to Megan Hansen’s report last week titled “Man with a plan”
“Yelm Mayor Ron Harding announced a proposal to purchase the existing library facility.”

Dom Rivas said,
“I believe Mr. Harding is coming in on the tail end of years of planning by the former leaders of the city. His predecessors (2 prior mayors before him) and their councils and planning commissions put a lot of these projects into motion and now he is taking credit for a lot of Yelms efforts and projects. Water rights and reuse as well as the bypass were passed and projects created around these long before Mr. Hardings political outings. Yelm needs an economic revitalization effort in order to sustain their library funding, finish bypasses, and secure water rights. They need to attract business to set up shop inside city limits and draw people to the town we love so much. Jobs will be created and the local economy stimulated. Action needs to be taken to seek out businesses and promote our city. Don’t let Mr. Harding sound like he is the sole reason these projects are under way. Most have been underway for 10+ yrs and have been created, sustained, and became successful not due to any one leader but rather the staff that makes up Yelms city infrastructure.”

Mayor Harding’s predecessor was Adam Rivas. Unknown if there is any relation to the aforementioned letter-writer.

CLICK HERE for my letter about the Mayor’s library plan published in today’s NVN.


February 17, 2011

‘YELM’ FACEBOOK PAGE NOW ESTABLISHED

A YELM Facebook page has been established.

YELM FACEBOOK


February 16, 2011

INTRODUCING “I KNOW A GUY GARAGE DOORS”

I Know a Guy are your Yelm, Washington based Garage Door & Opener specialists. We also install Windows, Doors and perform Handyman Services.”

Testimonials
“Were proud of the work we do, and we hope that are customers are too. Take a look at some actual customer testimonials.”

Services

Contact

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P.O. Box 1463
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360-480-6701
E-mail: iknowaguy7@gmail.com

TELL ‘I KNOW A GUY’ YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


February 15, 2011

INTRODUCING YELM WOD DOGS

YELM WOD DOGS

“We are Crossfit Certified Trainers helping one client at a time achieve their GOALS!”

Featured in the Nisqually Valley News Health & Fitness, 2011 Supplement

What is Crossfit?

Yelm WOD Dogs
9144 Burnett Rd.
Suite B-3
Yelm, WA. 98597


February 14, 2011

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, 2011


Photo courtesy of JZ-Rose website, Copyright 2001-2008 JZ Knight. Used with permission.

“Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, donating to charity or gifting candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The mid-nineteenth century Valentine’s Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines,” quoting Wikipedia.

This Valentines Day message first appeared on the Yelm Community Blog in 2008.


February 13, 2011

YELM CHAMBER’S FLAG DONOR BRICK PROGRAM NOW OPEN

The Yelm Chamber of Commerce Yelm Flag Donor Brick Program is now open trough April 15th.

The bricks are to be set near the new flagpole in Yelm City Park.

“Purchase a brick for yourself or in honor or memory of friends and loved ones.
You can support the Yelm Flag Pole Remberance Area with a one-time donation that will last a lifetime.”

ORDER FORM


February 12, 2011

‘VANISHING OF THE BEES’ SPECIAL YELM SCREENING MARCH 12TH

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
YELM CINEMAS
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
9AM
ALL SEATS $6.25

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery,” quoting the film’s synopsis.

Website

Trailer

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
YELM CINEMAS
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
9AM
ALL SEATS $6.25

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS LANDMARK FILM!


February 11, 2011

OP-ED: YELM LIBRARY PLAN RAISES MANY QUESTIONS

There sure is alot of hype in the local newspaper, Facebook & around town about “Mayor Harding’s Plan” to purchase the 2nd floor of current library facility in Prairie Park’s Fay Fuller Bldg. in a “condo-type” arrangement.
I am not so mesmerized!
This Plan raised more questions than were answered!

Yes, I know that many call me an antagonist for speaking-up on this & other issues, however those that know me will tell you I do my homework to gather all of the facts. I have over a decade of Yelm Library support, both as a volunteer-former-citizen-board member and Chair & as a large contributor.
Here are just a few observations I noticed:

1. Mayor Harding wants TRL to foot part of the bill for buying the “condo-space”.
Hmmm – has TRL been presented with that idea?
TRL Director Michael Crose was conspicuously absent from such a huge announcement Tuesday, nor did the Mayor mention TRL’s position on his Plan. Harding only said the city will ask TRL to contribute some funds to the purchase of the facility – future-tense. This means TRL has not yet been contacted about this.
Afterall, TRL is the area’s partner to supply library services.
Why were they omitted at the Mayor’s address?

2. Outside financing is required – though Mr. Harding did not mention how much or what that entails, except the community will be asked for donations.

3. Buying into Prairie Park means the library is forever wedded to Margaret Clapp’s Fay Fuller Building.
Win-win for her.
However, let’s do a tally on a few items that will be pushed onto the backs of taxpayers:
– financing & interest debt on a condo
– owners’ insurance on the condo floor-space
– probable monthly maintenance fees, likely to be raised at the end of a contractual period.
– 2nd floor building upkeep.
While many of these items will admittedly be involved in any purchased structure, a condo has additional monthly maintenance fees that will differ from an outright building purchase.

4. The City is committing to have their library housed permanently on a 2nd floor, instead of a usual ground floor for easy public access as in most all libraries.
Is that REALLY what we want for the future here?

Interesting that Nisqually Valley News Publisher/Editor Keven Graves jumped on the “band-wagon” in his Op-Ed today without any of the aforementioned issues being properly vetted in the newspaper. Property taxpayers who support the Library would be wise to press the media, Mayor & City Hall to slow-down, take a breather and gather all of the facts prior to supporting the Mayor’s Plan, about which the public knows nothing.

Why?
Yelm’s City Hall has a long track-record of alot of hype for high-profile projects where proper “due diligence” was not thoroughly completed, leaving the taxpayer footing the bills.

These are just some, to name a few as examples
LID financing required a higher rate, since no one wanted to buy the bonds when the economy soured.

– Hundreds of thousands owed to the City of Yelm from the bankrupt Thurston Highlands project, a development which the city never filed liens for taxes/invoices owed.

– The city never had a contract to get repaid for their pro-rata share of the Thurston Highlands/Golder Water Study. Taxpayers paid that one, too.

– Seizing a citizen’s water rights and the 10’s of thousands of dollars spent in legal fees.

– Taking over the golf course well for the bankrupt developer & being required to pay over $1.5 million to rehabilitate the well for public use. Instead, the well sits capped.

Options?
In the Mayor’s talk, we heard nothing about other library options considered, only this one was comparable to other options looked-at.
REALLY?
Other options were all on a non-advantageous 2nd floor of a building?
Was there an investigation on buying the soon-to-be-vacant Yelm Family Medicine Bldg.?
Was remaining in the Fay Fuller Bldg. REALLY the best option?
If so, why?
Just because a move is prevented does not answer the question.

Bottom Line:
While I am a strong supporter of our Library, I will not join Mr. Harding, Mr. Graves & others in their glee until I have all of the facts, facts which are yet forthcoming. I am interested in TRL’s official response as well, who seemingly were left-out of the Plan’s planning.

While I applaud Mayor Harding for the Condo concept being a unique idea, let’s “kick-the-tires” & “check-out the sticker-price” first and compare, just like how we each purchase a car.
Otherwise trumpeting the “Mayor’s Library Plan band-wagon” is mere folly.

Oh, and property taxes are going-up here, too, which will also add to the Library’s bottom-line costs!


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